Student Experience in the Research University (SERU) is a campus-wide project to survey of all Bachelor's, Master's, and PhD students at the University of Iowa.

SERU provides an extensive overview of the student experience, gathering information on academic and community engagement, experiences in the major, overall satisfaction, and perceived campus climate for diversity.  This site provides information about the survey for students and departments, and also reports on the data.

SERU gives the university one more important way to hear from students -- and when we hear from students, everybody benefits.


What are students telling us?

We administered SERU to all degree-seeking undergraduates during Spring 2018. These Briefs provide quick snapshots of student responses on just a few topics covered by SERU: [1] How Students Report Using Their Time, [2] Student Satisfaction and Interaction with Faculty, [3] Student Employment and Financial Concerns, [4] Putting Knowledge to Use, and [5] Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Iowa.
To gain an understanding of what students consider to be their most significant learning experiences, we surveyed students and asked, “What is one of the most meaningful learning experiences you have had at UI?” This set of SERU Briefs provides a summary of responses related to (1) Most Meaningful Learning at UI, (2) Taking Learning Beyond the Classroom, and (3) Developing Self-Awareness
Institutional data reveal that although first generation students enter with similar profiles to their continuing generation peers, they are retained and graduate at lower rates, mirroring larger national metrics. This begs the question what is (or is not) happening at UI that is effecting the successful outcomes of first generation students?
This report summarizes responses on Campus Climate for Diversity from the 2016 Student Experience in the Research University (SERU) survey.